Category Archives: Family

Family Issues in Utah

Strong families lead to stronger communities. Family issues—and court rulings, legislation, and pop culture that affects them—cover a large swath of American and local politics, especially these days when liberal legislation and activist judges are undoing what made this country great in the first place. Even though countless studies have shown that strong societies require strong, natural families, there’s a battle being fought between traditional values and new age liberalism. Sutherland Institute is firmly on the side of traditional values.

Use this website as a reference for anything related to family issues in Utah and the rest of the country.

Family and religion: a harmonious union

A Sutherland newsletter from last year noted the links between family and religion. It explained: “Church and family are mutually supportive. Religious teachings about marriage, sexuality, obligations of spouses and parents, etc., bolster the natural affections of family life. Parents … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Religion | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Family issues in Utah Foundation survey raise more questions

The Utah Foundation recently released a helpful survey of voter and party delegate attitudes on a range of issues. I’ve spent some time looking at the four questions related to family issues and have a couple of general observations. First, … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Marriage | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Who’s paying for the party?

A recent study by BYU professors (see here and here) tells us that when parents pay for their children’s college, those children are more likely to engage in risky behaviors like alcohol abuse than those who pay their own way, in … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Government Spending | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Another strike against cohabitation: mom’s boyfriend can be deadly

This blog has noted previously some of the problems with a recent spate of stories purporting to show that cohabitation is not necessarily so bad (see here and here). Last week, the Deseret News ran a story reporting on yet … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Marriage | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

‘Never worked a day in her life’ vs. the 95-hour work week

It’s likely that you heard about the recent controversial remarks from Democratic lobbyist and pundit Hilary Rosen during an appearance on CNN: “His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Marriage | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

‘Old rules’ about marriage obsolete? No, and here’s why

On March 25, 2012, The Salt Lake Tribune editorialized on “Marriage reality: Old rules becoming obsolete.” To understand the chasm separating its reality from truth, it would be helpful to deconstruct its opinions.[pullquote]The culture war today is between those worldviews … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Marriage | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

What’s beyond the pale?

In 1770, Edmund Burke said: “They who can read the political sky will see a hurricane in a cloud no bigger than an hand at the very edge of the horizon, and will run into the first harbor.” A recent … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Marriage | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

9th Circuit rejects Prop 8: what’s next?

Two judges of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit have just ruled that California’s marriage amendment, approved by voters in November 2008, violates the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which was ratified in 1868. … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Gay Rights | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Strengthen Marriage, Strengthen the Economy

  Ruth Marcus, an opinion writer at the Washington Post, recently wrote: “[Marital] decline isn’t just a social problem. It’s also an economic problem.” Recent trends in marriage have shown higher marriage rates for college-educated, high-income individuals and lower marriage … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Marriage | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

News roundup: Remove obese children from their homes?

  Child custody and obesity Should government take children from their parents if the children become obese? In Ohio, parents lost custody of their 8-year-old son because he weighed more than 200 pounds. The boy was placed in foster care. … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Parental Rights | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Treasure trove of new research on the family

  Those interested in family policy have an embarrassment of riches in new research reports issued over the last few months. Brad Wilcox of the University of Virginia, probably the premier family scholar in the United States, has updated the … Continue reading

Posted in Family | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

100-year-old patriarch is witness to staggering change

  My grandpa, Martin Buer, turns 100 today. Born in 1911, Grandpa went on to become a top breeder of grand champion cattle out of his Minnesota ranch. To keep the peace with a disgruntled family member, Grandpa gave up … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Free market | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

‘Cult’ accusation is a bigoted blast from the past

  When evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a “cult” at the Values Voters Summit, a huge gathering of the “pro-family movement,” it brought back all sorts of thoughts for me. Permit me, … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Family, Religion | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Brazilians put brakes on babies

  September’s issue of National Geographic included a feature on “Brazil’s Girl Power,” detailing how Brazil’s fertility rate has slid from 6.3 children per women in 1960 to 1.9 in 2009 – a lightning-quick change in the world of demographics: … Continue reading

Posted in Family | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Family fragmentation in Australia

  A new report from Professor Patrick Parkinson at the University of Sydney powerfully catalogs the terrible toll family disintegration is having in Australia. The report, “For Kids’ Sake: Repairing the Social Environment for Australian Children and Young People,” details … Continue reading

Posted in Family | Tagged , , | Leave a comment